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If there is a down side to dynamic effects, is that they can impede your ability to interpret an archival document. You know, something you made a while back. I like to think I know Illustrator pretty well. But every once in while I will open a document from a few months ago and then I will click on what appears to be a path, but it's not really there. And then I will switch to the outline mode and I will be like, what is going on here? And I created the darn thing! Okay so maybe it's because as my sons put it, I am an elder.
You know, so I am not so good at the remembering. Fortunately, thanks to the Graphic Styles panel, I don't have to be. Just as the Swatches panel allows you to collect colors, gradients, and tile patterns, the Graphic Styles panel allows you to collect fills, strokes, transparency settings and dynamic effects. That is to say, anything you can see in the Appearance panel. This is great news for three reasons. First, it means you can save the collection of Appearance attributes and then apply them to another object or layer.
Second, it means you can save a really cool effect that you spent hours creating and you don't have to clutter your mind remembering all the steps required to create it in the first place. And third Illustrator ships with hundreds of graphic styles that you can apply and then pick apart in the Appearance panel. Now, because many of Illustrators predefined styles employ this thing called the Effect gallery, we are going to start with the Effect Gallery, and then we will move into the Graphic Styles panel. Here... what's my line again? Female Speaker: Deke! Oh yeah! Here, let me show you.
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